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Smith Wiggglesworth died in 1947 and did not live to see the healing revival which hit America in the late 1940’s and 50’s. Names like Oral Roberts, Jack Coe, A. A. Allen, Kathryn Kuhlman, Paul Cain, Kennith Hagin and others became synonymous with healing and miracles.
Tents and auditoriums across America were filled with people seeking healing for their bodies and a desire to hear the gospel preached by this new breed of of preachers.
At a meeting in Washington, D.C., during the 1950’s, Jack Coe ran past 20 people sitting in wheelchairs. As he ran by, he grabbed the invalids by their arms and flung them out of their chairs, saying, “Be healed in Jesus’ name.”
Seventeen people were healed before they hit the floor. Sadly, three were not healed. The newspapers, of course, reported only on the three people who were not healed and how shameful it was for them.
Oral Roberts visited the Philippines and prayed for a line of sick people, seven miles long. Miracles happened up and down the line. When he finished, his aides carried him off, cross-eyed, exhausted and not able to lift his arms above his shoulders.
R. W. Schambach described the greatest miracle he ever witnessed which happened in the late 1950’s at an A. A. Allen meeting:
“A mother brought her four year-old son who was born with twenty-six diseases to some meetings A. A. Allen was conducting in Birmingham, Alabama. Blind. Deaf and dumb. His tongue hanging on his chin. Both arms and legs deformed and twisted. Elbows touching the knees in a fetal position. No male organs. No feet.
“As A. A. Allen began his preaching, Allen was carried away in the spirit and saw the birth of a baby boy who had twenty-six major diseases. He then saw the mother and another woman bring the child to his meeting in Birmingham. Allen asked the mother to bring the boy to the stage.
“I along with a crowd of three-thousand people watched Allen pray for that child. The first thing which happened was the tongue snapped back into the child’s mouth. The child’s eyes cleared up. Legs and arms stretched out in a normal position. And then I saw the greatest miracle ever.
“God created feet on the bottom of the boy’s stubs. Allen then placed the child down on the stage. He had never walked. Never talked. Never heard. Never saw with his eyes before. The boy then took off running across the stage and leaped into his mother’s arms and spoke his first words ever, ‘Momma.’
Most people if asked to name the person considered to be the father of the Healing Revival would answer Oral Roberts. Their reasoning would be his legacy of healing and the university he founded: Oral Roberts University.
But they would be wrong.
(Continued in Part 3)